Wimbledon Cancelled Over COVID-19 Outbreak | Lawn Tennis | Coronavirus Epidemic
- by Suramya-Kaushik
- Apr 06, 2020 15:28
Wimbledon organizers announced the cancellation of grass-court Grand Slam due to coronavirus outbreak. This has happened for the first time since World War II. The All England Lawn Tennis Club confirmed after an emergency meeting.
Wimbledon was scheduled to be played on the club’s grass courts on the outskirts of London from June 29 to July 12. Keeping in view the coronavirus crisis the decision has been taken to cancel the tournament. The next edition of the tournament will be from June 28to July 11, 2021. After the announcement, the ATP and WTA too took a joint decision to continue the suspension of all the tours till July 13. They are already on hold till June 7.
In a statement released the AELTC announced, “It is with great regret that the AELTC has today decided that the Championships 2020 will be canceled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic. Uppermost in our mind has been the health and safety of all those who come together to make Wimbledon happen – the public in the UK and visitors from around the world, our players, guests, members, staff, volunteers, partners, contractors, and local residents – as well as our broader responsibility to society’s efforts to tackle this global challenge o our way of life.”
Even after the cancellation of the Wimbledon, the US Open is still scheduled to be played in New York from August 31 to September 13. However, the sad part for all fans after the cancellation of Wimbledon is that they won’t be able to see Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep a chance to defend their Wimbledon titles from 2019.
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